Ok, it’s fall, and it’s time to start letting go of the past. That includes the memories of my summer garden and flowers. I have aired out my woolen sweaters and will do my final garden planting next week. I bought some “end of the season” deals at a local greenhouse…some Oriental Poppies and some Blue Veronica for $1 a pot! I cleaned out my car and did some detailed deep cleaning; the furnace is serviced; the oil tank is full. My Swiss husband will start roasting chestnuts next week, and that, my dear reader, brings me to the reason I can say, without any hesitation, that I know I will make it through fall and winter: yes, freshly roasted chestnuts! As long as I can remember, I have felt more than a wee bit melancholic about the prospect of cold, damp and cloudy days. Growing up in Cleveland, I felt that winter was something that one simply endured. There was not much sun; clouds were hanging low for weeks on end, and then there was the bitter cold and wind. I felt quite some comfort in the fact that we were all in it together. Why, even today I feel a certain compassion and kinship for anyone from the Northeast. And living in the German-speaking part of Switzerland meant that, for us, the winters were worse than the ones in Cleveland, with a cold dampness that seemed to go right to the bone. I am even starting to feel uncomfortable just writing about it! So, to help those that have the long fall and winter months to look forward to, I will start sharing in next week’s “Sadhvi Sez” what I know about chestnuts: my secret cure against the fall and winter blues. Until then, start humming…and think spring!